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Wisconsin Rep. Kaufert accuses state treasurer of expanding office, breaking campaign promise

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October 8, 2012

State Rep. Dean Kaufert

By Greg Janetka

MADISON, Wisconsin: With the tenure of four temporary workers expiring next summer, Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller (R) put in a request to make the employees permanent. Little did he know the can of worms he would be opening.[1]

This morning state Rep. Dean Kaufert, a fellow Republican who is up for re-election this year, asked leaders of the Legislature's finance committee to reject the request, saying it goes against Schueller's own campaign promise to eliminate his office as well as Gov. Scott Walker's push to decrease the size of government. Accusing Schuller of a "bait and switch," Kaufert said the current treasurer "ran on the idea that he’d get rid of the office. Now he wants to double its size.”[2]

Schuller's office immediately shot back, explaining in a press release that the positions in question have been filled since 2004, long before he took office in 2011. Additionally, the release points out that the Unclaimed Property Division in the Treasurer's office has 7.95 positions and after the four positions become permanent, there will still be 7.95 positions. Schuller explained, "We handle private information for citizens and would prefer those people handling such sensitive data are permanent and invested in this agency, rather than bringing in wave after wave of temporary help. These people currently work here. Their status is changing. That's it."[3]

As far as eliminating the Office of the State Treasurer, Shuller drafted Assembly Joint Resolution 26, which would have done just that. However, it died in the state Senate.[2]

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